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Bus Nut

Published 1980

We learn about bus safety from a young girl who is a self-professed "Bus Nut." Emphasizes the danger of horseplay while waiting for a school bus, the dangers of running in front of a school bus without clear signal from the bus driver, and the correct way to enter a school bus.

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Production Company Pennsylvania Dept of Education
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: JonahFalcon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2015
Subject: I'll never sleep again
Wow. I felt like I just stepped into the mind of a serial killer. That girl is going to be a female Travis Bickle, I just know it..
Reviewer: markuskobi - favoritefavorite - February 21, 2013
Subject: Bust Nuts
Poor Joey Adams...His plan to get hit by a car so he didn't hafta go to skewel failed again! He'll stumble and fall in front of the moving car next time...Yeah, That's It!
Miss "Bust Nut" clearly needs some kind of medication...Seems pretty obvious that she belongs on the shorter bus for the 'special' ones!
Reviewer: masokist - favoritefavorite - July 11, 2007
Subject: pretty good
i thought this was well structured for a school safety film,
the idea of a young girl being obsessed with buses is pretty far fetched for our time but in the early 70s i guess this is a believable premise ,
the bus nut motif is used to teach bus safety
this came at a time when bus safety must have been a concern
now a days they don't even bother teaching bus safety in school they are more worried about school shootings .
bus nut is a good example of how the education system in America is in decline
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2006
Subject: Then the bus slid off the road plunging into the icy lake..
Gee, I liked this film more than I care to admit, a hypercool narrator, who just loves busses, no reasons given, plans to go to school by yes, taking the bus! I loved the fact that the narrator was black and how much the style of was influenced by that and also the fact it was September 1980. She likes the bus som much that shes got a shirt called Bus Nut! Her family doesnt really care, though, as theyve got funky clothes (and hairstyles!) of their own. Soon, shes off to catch the bus in a KILLER leather jacket. She meets up with her friends and shes on the bus! At this point, my mouth just dropped. Before I saw this, I knew I was going to make some Sweet Hereafter joke in the title (which I have Ha Ha!) but the bus driver looks EXACTLY like the bus driver in the film! Not sure if Egoyan saw this, but this is way too eerie. I just LOVE the ecstatic smile our plucky hero gives the bus driver. This film is filled with interesting rules about the bus, so pay attention class!!
Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - favoritefavorite - December 30, 2005
Subject: Interesting premise, but disappointing execution
While entertaining in its approach, I was rather underwhelmed by the end of this film. I admired the vivacity of the title character and her eagerness to admonish her fellow classmates about the importance of school bus safety, but felt that there needed to be more action to really engage children.

Worth a look if you are a safety film enthusiast, but don't expect anything truly memorable.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2005
Subject: A New DSM-IV Diagnosis
A little girl is a ÃÂbus nutÃÂÃÂÃÂthat is, sheÃÂs obsessed with the school bus and following all the safety rules. Amazingly enough, this doesnÃÂt get her beaten up by the other kids. This is a very 70s film, with all the right enlightened 70s casting choices. The main character is African American, the kids are different races, and the bus driver is a woman. Other than that, this could be a 50s film in its heavy-handedness and unrealistic portrayals of children (at least the ÃÂgoodÃÂ onesÃÂÃÂthe ÃÂbadÃÂ ones seem pretty real). And the acting will make you wince. Making this a fairly campy blast from the 70s.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: chadwys - favoritefavorite - March 26, 2005
Subject: Can I have some nuts...
HAHA! There's nothing quite like a little black girl wearing a shirt with "Bus Nut" on it.
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2005
Subject: Where the bus drivers know your name...
A rather odd bus safety movie that is nevertheless strangely fascinating to watch. Set in State College, PA, a young African-American girl named Bobbi is a "Bus Nut," is fascinated by riding busses and maybe being a bus driver herself. She's teased by her parents and younger siblings, and even has a T-shirt that says "Bus Nut" on it. But, she narrates this little tale for 1st graders about proper bus safety.

What is fascinating, for me at least, is twofold. First, I'd be about the same age as the girl in the film, so this invokes my own memories riding very similar buses. Secondly, having a middle-class Black family as the focus of this film is a stark contrast to the all-White safety films of the 1950s. However, the generic radio station that occasionally heard in the background is weirdly out of place.

As for content, this is your typical bus safety material; look out for cars, don't run out into the street, don't shove when entering the bus. Bobbi does provide most of the internal monologue for the film, but other figures, such as the bus driver, also provide appropiate admonishments. The occasional bit of overacting or stilted reading emphasize that most of these people were not professional actors. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the bus driver in the film drove a bus for a living in State College.
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